19 OCTOBER 1929, Page 20

Some Books of the Week

WITH the connivance of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England, and with the hope of furthering its aims,

the Design and Industries Association have published The

D.I.A. Cautionary Guide- to St. Albans (D.I.A., 6 Queen Square, W.C. 1, 6d.). Mr. Clough Williams-Ellis, who has written a foreword to this thought-provoking little brochure, explains that St. Albans was chosen for this original manner

of exposing the modem onslaught upon the amenities of England becadse it is " an independent old-established and historical borough or city, easily accessible from London, and we wanted one that would readily afford illustrations of what instructed opinion holds to be good as well as bad, in building, town-planning and the like." The tale is told and the lesson to be learnt almost entirely from photographs, photographs of what is good and photographs of what is bad, with short and sometimes highly entertaining explanatory notes. We hope very much that this is only the first of a series of Cautionary Guides, for it seems to us to be an excellent and effective method of bringing home to the public the way in which England's beauty can be saved.

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